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Description - The Communist Movement Since 1945 by Willie Thompson

This book considers the historical role of the communist movement in its global context. It covers both the ruling and non-ruling communist parties, from Europe to Asia and Latin America. It provides an overview of political developments during the period since 1945, and examines the ideology and culture of the movement. The book opens with an assessment of the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. This was a time characterized by the spread of Soviet influence in Europe, communist-inspired colonial revolt, the Cold War and the use by Stalin of terror as an instrument of rule. The author then considers such issues as the process of destalinization after 1953, the hopes raised by Soviet technological breakthroughs, the pressures from the West in a bipolar world, and the schism in the communist world following the dispute between Soviet and Chinese leaderships. The second part of the book examines the successes and failures of the various communist regimes and their impact on the non-ruling communist parties. It also considers the spread of communist influence in the developing world. The book charts the breakdown in the Soviet bloc from the 1980s and, finally, it assesses the extent to which the collapse of communism by the 1990s was inevitable.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780631199694
ISBN-10: 0631199691
Format: Hardback
(243mm x 166mm x 22mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Blackwell Publishers
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Willie Thompson

Willie Thompson is Reader in Contemporary History at Glasgow Caledonian University. He was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain from 1962 until its disbandment in 1991 and, in the 1980s, a member of the editorial board of Marxism Today. He now edits Socialist History, the journal of one of the Communist Partya s successor organizations, the Socialist History Society. His previous books include The Long Death of British Labourism (1993) and The Left in History: Revolution and Reform in Twentieth Century Politics (1997).

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